TO THE EDITOR: On the American Veterans 2014 calendars you will see Feb. 2 proclaiming “Four Chaplains Sunday.”
To most Americans, it is a day not recognized because our American history classes, past and present, do not reflect or remember the World War II story.
On Feb. 3, 1943, an Army transport ship, The Dorchester, was torpedoed by a German U-boat in the North Atlantic in a
convoy. Of the 902 soldiers, merchant seamen and civilian workers, only 230 were rescued.
The four chaplains — a Methodist minister, Jewish rabbi, Reformed Church in America reverend and Roman Catholic priest — were praised for helping others with their life jackets and many other saving acts.
There were not enough life jackets for all of them; the four chaplains gave their life jackets to others. It is written that as the Dorchester sank in the North Atlantic, some of those floating in their life rafts, who were later rescued, told stories of the four chaplains linked “ arm to arm,” praying and singing hymns as they sunk with the ship.
The American Legion and other military posts remember and honor Four Chaplains Day. America must remember those that served in previous wars and their sacrifices, as with these four chaplains who gave up their lives so others may live.
The four chaplains’ faith in God was shown in their action.